Daking Mic Pre One

1-channel Class A Microphone Preamp with Variable Input Gain, Variable High-pass Filter, Pad, and Phantom Power
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Boutique Preamp Performance, Down-to-earth Price!

The Daking Mic Pre One 1-channel microphone preamp lets you add boutique quality and great sound to your recording setup at a very impressive price! The Class A Mic Pre One features the same discrete transistor circuitry featured in Daking's Mic Pre IV, adding a variable highpass filter for fantastic tonal options. You get switchable phase, a 20dB mic input pad, phantom power, and a selectable 1/4" line/hi-Z input on the front panel. Two large aluminum knobs give you control over the variable highpass filter and variable gain. Protected by a sturdy "DI-style" steel housing, the Mic Pre One is built to perform for the long haul!

Daking Mic Pre One 1-channel Class A Microphone Preamp at a Glance:
  • Plenty of options
  • Simple layout, complete control
  • The Daking story
Plenty of options

Essentially a single channel of the Mic Pre IV, the Mic Pre One features switchable phase, 20dB mic input pad and +48V phantom power, plus a selectable 1/4-inch line/hi-Z instrument input, all utilizing relays with gold bi-furcated contacts.

Simple layout, complete control

Two large knurled aluminum knobs control the variable highpass filter (10-200Hz) and continuously variable input gain, which is complemented by a full-width, twenty-segment bi-color LED meter. The rear of the unit offers a Jensen transformer-isolated mic input and fully-balanced XLR output, plus a 1/4-inch line output. A fourth connector introduces DC power from the external power supply to the unit.

The Daking story

Having broken into the music industry as the drummer for '60s psychedelic band the Blues Magoos, Geoff Daking went on to truly make his mark designing and building boutique-quality studio gear. His company's latest offerings not only look classic, sound great, and perform solidly - you'll be knocked out by their decidedly non-boutique prices. Daking puts a premium on putting quality components at the heart of his gear, from circuits to transformers to amplifiers, while implementing modern techniques to ensure reliable, consistent performance.

Daking Mic Pre One 1-channel Class A Microphone Preamp Features:
  • Transformer balanced input, electronically balanced output
  • Instrument Input on front
  • All discrete transistor circuitry
  • Class A amplifier
  • Continuously variable gain control
  • Continuously variable highpass filter control, 10-200Hz @12dB/octave
  • 20-segment VU meter
  • All relay switching w/gold bifurcated contacts
  • Switched +48V phantom power
  • 20dB pad on mic input
  • Stainless steel construction for noise immunity
  • Aluminum knobs
  • Power supply included
The Daking Mic Pre One gives you boutique performance at a very friendly price!

Additional Media

Mic Pre One Spec Sheet
Mic Pre One User Manual
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Height 3.25"
Depth 9.75"
Width 4"
Manufacturer Part Number Mic Pre One

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 14 reviews
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5/5

It's great

I could not believe how well this pre amp works. Lots of clean gain along with a pad switch for those mics that run too hot. I've work from major studios where we have every mic ore you can think of. And this baby here sounds like a dream. I actually prefer it over my API for vocals. I take it on the road along with a TLM 103 and it has yet to let me down. I've had it for almost a year. Great piece.
Music background: Sound Engineer for 12 years.
5/5

Why I didn't get this toy before?

I do voice overs for about 40 years, most of my life. I have used many preamplicadores such as 737 Avalon, Avalon M5, Tube-Tech MMC 1A, etc and never imagined that using such a cheap Preamp could get the same quality and even better sound quality than with expensive equipment. Thank you, my good friend Chris Davis for speaking about Daking Mic Pre One, one of the best jewelry made for those who do voice over.
5/5

Great Product, Great Support

This preamp has a very flat frequency response. It does not color the sound. So what goes in is what comes out, just amplified-- perfectly. There is tons of gain, more than you could ever need. And very quiet at low gain settings, no noise. There's a handy -20 db switch for mic'ing loud guitar amplifiers. Daking support is outstanding. I had a problem with hum when I first got it, and Geoff Daking himself exchanged emails with me. Geoff helped me isolate the problem and recommended solutions. The problem was NOT with the Daking; it was the fact that my Yamaha AW16G recorder chassis was not connected to ground, whereas the Daking is (the Daking was based on good electrical standards and the Yamaha wasn't). So I used a ground buster on the Daking preamp plug to isolate it as a workaround, and the problem was solved.
Music background: Songwriter, Composer, Guitarist, Singer
5/5

Just what I was looking for

Nice sounding, affordable pre. Built like a tank with nice features. Works great with my SM7.
Music background: Rock & Roll
5/5

On point!

She works well. All my mics sound better. One could actually get away with using lower end microphones all day and hardly no one would be able to tell. I've run an SM57, Electro Voice 767, AKG 535, Beyer M500 and a KSM 44 through this preamp and they all sound awesome! Yes, the filter works great. The build quality is reassuring as well. This unit does not disappoint. Makes home recording that much more enjoyable. Love it!
Music background: beat maker, keyboardist

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The transformer on the input of this is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to the great sound of the Daking pre. Price should be no issue once you hear this little box. You will be back for the compressor, I guarantee.

Mike Conyers

Essentially a single channel of the renowned Mic Pre IV, the Daking Mic Pre One is a truly awesome transformer preamp! Want to sweeten your vocals? Have your guitar just sit better in the mix? The Mic Pre One is what you need.

Cassie OHanlon

I wanted a clean and precise preamp for the vocals on my last big project, but I also wanted to add thickness to my vocals. After looking around, I decided to go with a Daking Mic-Pre One. I already had high expectations for this pre, but I was more satisfied than I could imagine. I love its natural clarity, yet it provides me with that bit of extra character and body my voice needs. I've seldom found a preamp that offers this fine balance of transparency and color.
See also: Daking, Daking Preamps